CPE

Reading and Use of English

  • Duration:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Purpose:
    Shows you can deal confidently with different types of text, such as fiction and non-fiction books, journals, newspapers and manuals.
  • No of Questions:
    7 parts/53 questions

Writing

  • Duration:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Purpose:
    Requires you to be able to write a variety of text types, such as essays, reports and reviews.
  • No of Questions:
    Part 1: one compulsory question Part 2: one question from a choice of four

Listening

  • Duration:
    40 minutes
  • Purpose:
    Requires you to be able to follow and understand a range of spoken materials, such as lectures, speeches and interviews.
  • No of Questions:
    4 parts/30 questions.

Speaking

  • Duration:
    16 minutes per pair of candidates
  • No of Question:
    3 parts.
  • Purpose:
    Tests your ability to communicate effectively in face-to-face situations.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Min. Qualification:
    10+2
  • Qualifying Subjects:
    Candidates from any discipline who wish to study in an English-speaking country can take this test.

Examiners mark tasks using assessment scales developed with explicit reference to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The scales, which are used across the Cambridge English General and Business English Writing tests, are made up from four subscales: Content, Communicative Achievement, Organisation and Language: Content focuses on how well the candidate has fulfilled the task – if they have done what they were asked to do. Communicative Achievement focuses on how appropriate the writing is for the task and whether the candidate has used the appropriate register. Organisation focuses on the way the candidate puts together the piece of writing, in other words, if it is logical and ordered. Language focuses on vocabulary and grammar. This includes the range of language as well as how accurate it is. Each response is marked from 0 to 5 on each of the four subscales and these scores are combined to give a final mark for the Writing test.